Hey There Beautiful



Deb and Susan met a long time ago. (Don’t ask how long ago, it isn’t nice!) They soon recognized themselves as kindred design spirits—raving about the same looks on fashion runways and in the pages of their favorite magazines. Traveling together to international design shows, they also quickly recognized how inspiring and encouraging, especially to independent business owners, such trips could be. Their first Decor Tour was launched nearly a decade ago, bringing a group of U.S. designer to Maison&Objet, eager to share how truly wonderful going to a trade show could be. (And the fact that it was in Paris didn’t hurt.) Then, they also started going in January, once Paris Deco Off was added to design calendar. 
Over the years they’ve made some very good friends in Paris, which allows them offer unique visits and opportunities. Now, the original Paris Decor Tour is more about amazing design experiences rather than guiding designers through an enormous trade show. In the meantime, they’ve branched out into other cities and other design adventures, always focused on introducing their guests to the wonderful resources, behind-the-scenes insight and in-depth knowledge that make these journeys engaging and exciting, but also a worthwhile investment in a design business. And while travel is fun, there’s also something special about being able to geek out over a luscious velvet, or an exquisite piece of furniture, with others who just get it!

This Is US

If you’re really interested in knowing more…


Deb Barrett

Deb is an award-winning designer and a highly regarded design educator. She is a member of the WithIt board of directors and helped establish Budget Blinds’ Inspired Drapes training program. You can also catch her at High Point, as one of the leaders of the VIP Market tour. A true Francophile and self-proclaimed fabric-aholic, Deb loves sharing the resources she discovers on her journeys.

Susan Schultz

Susan comes to design from the marketing, communication and product development side. Known for her insightful observations and analysis of 
new opportunities in design, she helped launched the first successful off-site design event in New York City. Her passion for discovery is now
 focused on identifying the emerging trends shaping the business of design and convincing others to also become agents of change.